Biden announces "historic" deal and asks Democrats to vote

Thursday's announcement by President Joe Biden that he had reached a "historical economic framework" with Democrats at Congress regarding his comprehensive domestic policy package was a victory for the Democrats. It was a difficult-fought, but dramatically reduced deal that was announced just hours before Biden departs for overseas summits.

Biden announces "historic" deal and asks Democrats to vote

Biden spoke at the White House after he visited Capitol Hill to present the case to House Democrats on the robust domestic package -- $1.75 Trillion of climate change and social services programs that the White House believes can be passed by the 50-50 Senate.

Biden stated at the White House that "it will fundamentally transform the lives of millions"

Biden stated that the bipartisan bill for infrastructure, worth nearly $1 trillion, was headed to final votes on Thursday.

According to an anonymous source, Biden stated to the lawmakers that he needed their votes earlier. The remarks were made by Biden to the legislators according to someone who asked for anonymity to discuss the private comments.

Biden wanted to make sure he had a deal before he left for the global summits later that day. The revised package lost some of the top priorities of Democrats as President Biden's ambitions give way to the political realities of the narrowly divided Congress.

Senior administration officials spoke out to say that paid family leave and efforts to lower the price of prescription drugs are no longer part of the package. They requested anonymity to inform reporters about the details.

There are still some options: Prekindergarten free for all children, expanded health programs (including a new $35 billion hearing aid benefit for Medicare patients) and $555 billion to combat climate change.

A one-year extension to the child care tax credit, which was established during the COVID-19 rescue, and new child care subsidies is also available. If it passes the Senate rules, an additional $100 billion could be added to the package to strengthen the immigration and border processing systems.

Biden stated that even though the package was supported, he still believed it would be rejected. He left the Capitol with a similar sentiment: "I look forwards to getting this done."

Another holdout, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), was less committed: "This all in the hands right now of the House."

After months of negotiations, Biden's bill is now in place. It would be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in a generation. It was modeled after the New Deal, Great Society, and other programs. It is the White House's largest ever investment in climate change, and it represents the greatest improvement to the country's healthcare system for more than a decade.

According to the participants to the private meeting, Biden stated that he wants progress when he arrives at Rome for a summit to show world leaders (including those from Russia and China) that democracies still function.

Biden stated, "We are at an impasse point." "The rest of world wonders if we can function."

He said that it is not "hyperbole" to predict that the House and Senate majorities, and my presidency, will be decided by the events of the week.

Biden asked for "a spirited enthusiastic vote on the plan" at one point," stated Richard Neal (D-Mass).

Over the course of the hour-long meeting, Democratic lawmakers rose to their feet twice and shouted: "Vote! Vote!" said Rep. Gerald Connolly from Virginia.

Officials said that Biden's proposal would pay for a 5% surtax on income above $10 million per year and a 15% corporate minimum tax. This is in keeping with his plan to not have any new taxes on people earning less than $400,000 per year.

The Trump administration's 2017 tax cuts would be reversed, as well as increased enforcement by the IRS of tax-dodgers to raise revenue for the package. Biden has pledged to pay the entire cost of this plan and not add on to the debt burden.

However, the framework does not contain the entire legislative text. Legislators and aides warned that this has not been finalized.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the progressive caucus leader said that the unveiling of the new framework would "show tremendous momentum." We want to see the text, as we don't want confusion or misunderstandings.

Progressives withheld their support for the bipartisan infrastructure bill until they had a commitment to the larger Biden package.

The Senate has passed the separate $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which includes road, broadband, and other public works projects. It faces a Sunday deadline to vote. Otherwise, routine transportation funds could expire.

Biden is dependent on all Democrats to support him in the divided Senate. Similar to the Senate, the House is split by just a few votes.

Manchin and Sinema are two key Democratic holdouts who have nearly single-handedly decreased the scope and size of their party’s big vision.

Sinema was instrumental in pushing her party to abandon its promise to reverse the Republicans' 2017 tax cuts. This forced Democrats to adopt a different approach than simply raising top rates for individuals and corporations.

Manchin's opposition to government programs led to severe cuts to a clean-energy plan and the elimination of paid family leaves. He insisted that parents who receive the child care subsidies should have to work.

White House officials met with Sinema and Manchin, two senators now in great power. This was essentially to decide if Biden can deliver on the Democrats' key campaign promises.

Progressives also achieved one priority: Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent,'s proposal to offer hearing aid benefits to Medicare beneficiaries. His ideas to include vision and dental care were not included.

Expanded health care programs are built on the Affordable Care Act and provide subsidies for people to buy insurance policies or coverage in states that have dropped the Obamacare program.

The new package creates political problems in the future. Many of the funding for health care will run out in 2025. This makes it a key issue for the 2020 presidential election. The child care tax credit expires with next year's midterm election, when Congress will be controlled.

Despite several deadlines, Democrats were unable to reach a deal between themselves. The package is opposed by the majority of Republicans. The best that Democrats can do is send Biden overseas with an agreement in hand, and unlock the process while final details are worked out.

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